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Laude San Pedro International College
Marbella, Spain
Date Added: Nov 10, 2023

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Laude San Pedro International College is seeking to appoint an inspirational, resilient and dynamic leader for its growing Secondary School. The successful candidate will join our committed senior leadership team who aim to offer an outstanding learning experience for our students which goes well beyond the classroom. 


Our aim is to enable every child to achieve more than they dreamed possible, in a safe, happy and inclusive environment where everyone is supported and encouraged to excel. Laude prides itself on accepting many students up to 14 years of age with EAL needs and succeeding through an intensive Mastering English Programme (MEP)


The Secondary School  consists of a team of highly experienced teachers from a range of nationalities and previous experiences, reflecting our truly international community. The senior and middle leadership team is well established and is seeking a supportive, empathetic and collaborative leader with high standards and expectations to lead the secondary school into a new era. The secondary school is growing from a three to four form entry and a growing sixth form will be moving to a new neighbouring modern campus from September 2024. 


The ideal candidate will have knowledge and experience of the English National Curriculum as well as (I)GCSE and A Level Courses. We also look beyond the curriculum and so enrichment opportunities and ideas are highly valued and developed in our school. The role requires a high level of resilience and dynamic energy in a school which is characterised by growth and change with significant international relocating families. 


We believe in self reflection to drive improvement and continuous development as individuals, as a team and as a school. Systems are in place for individuals and teams to grow and develop within Laude and ISP.


Our School


Laude San Pedro International College is an extremely successful, well-established and growing, co-educational day school approaching 1100 students from aged 3 to 18. Laude San Pedro is part of the International Schools Partnership (ISP Schools) with over 75 schools across the globe. 


Learning is at the heart of everything that we do and we continuously strive to improve on the outcomes for all of the students in our care. We are determined to be the school of choice and always work to improve the academic and enriched experiences that we offer our whole community.


The school is located just south of Marbella in the beautiful seaside town of San Pedro de Alcantara. We are very fortunate to enjoy a diverse community with over 55 nationalities within our community.


The School is:


  • known as one of the leading British International Schools in the region and listed as one of the Top Schools in Spain (Forbes). 

  • fully accredited by NABSS, the Spanish Ministry; we are also a member of ACADE. 

  • 1070 pupils aged from 3 years to 18 years. 

  • well-established and were founded 20 years ago. 

  • one with a history of pupils going on to study at universities around the world. 

  • located in a purpose built campus in the beautiful town of San Pedro de Alcantara, 10 minutes from Marbella and 50 minutes from Malaga.


Recruitment Details


We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated colleague: a professional commitment to the academic expectations and values of the school, and the ability to work in a team are essential.


The candidate profile 


Person Specification 


  • University Degree and recognised teaching qualification  

  • Proficient level of English (Mother tongue / C2 level) 

  • At least two years’ school middle or senior management experience  

  • Eligible to work in the EU (visa support will be given)

  • Experience teaching and managing UK and/or International Schools 

  • Excellent communicator 

  • A high level of resilience to pressure and ability to manage multiple priorities

  • Strong interpersonal skills 

  • ICT skills to manage and understand many school systems

  • Ability to lead by example the staff and pupils 

  • Strong organisational skills and aptitude to work both independently and collaboratively 

  • A team builder and player, able to motivate students and colleague and build positive relationships 

  • Flexibility and the capacity to adapt positively to any given situation




  • Knowledge of the Spanish language

  • Flexibility; someone able to operate at pace and comfortable within an innovative, bold, rapidly changing school 

  • A global outlook; someone who has worked internationally  

  • Experience working as part of a wider group of schools structure  

  • Experience working within a commercial environment


In return we offer: 


  • An amazing career opportunity to teach in a prestigious, internationally-minded school. 

  • A competitive salary and further benefits including tuition free education of dependants

  • A genuinely friendly and supportive working environment. 

  • A great place to relocate and enjoy the benefits of living on the Costa del Sol with access to all the amazing destinations of Andalucia

  • A well-structured ISP professional development leadership programme.


If you want to enjoy a new career in a school that is determined to consistently be the school of choice in the beautiful region of Andalucia, and believe that you have the qualities to suit the position, then please complete and upload the application form.


Applications deadline: Monday November 27th 2023

Start date: January or April 2024


For any further questions please contact our Head of HR at [email protected] or the Principal [email protected] 


Successful applicants will be expected to undertake full safeguarding checks and provide a minimum of two references covering the last five years of employment. All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and satisfactory Criminal Background Checks or equivalent covering the previous ten years employment history. 


We welcome diversity and have an equal opportunities policy. All suitably qualified candidates will be considered, regardless of their race, gender, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

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